Pachuca rallies to take fifth-place
Mexican side Pachuca beat 10-man Al Wahda of the United Arab
Emirates 4-2 on penalties to cap a dramatic comeback and take fifth
place at the Club World Cup.
The CONCACAF Champions League winners were 2-0 down with eight
minutes to go before substitute Dario Cvitanich struck twice, first
with a volley and then a clever backheel in the 89th to level the
The match finished 2-2 at full time and went straight to a
penalty shootout. Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero saved from
Abdulraheem Jumaa and Modibi Diarra missed his effort to give the
Mexican side the win.
Al Wahda opened the scoring in the 44th when Ismaeil Matar
volleyed in from close range.
Pachuca had the perfect opportunity to equalize when Hamdan
al-Kamali fouled Franco Arizala to give away a penalty in the 73rd
and was sent off for his second booking.
Edgar Benitez put his spot-kick over the bar though and looked
set to pay for his mistake when Mahmoud al-Hammadi scored on the
rebound to make it 2-0, before Pachuca’s late rally.